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Honey Roasted Parsnips

Honey Roasted Parsnips

Honey Roasted Parsnips

This recipe shows you how to make some delicious honey-roasted parsnips. These easy-to-make honey roast parsnips are a super accompaniment to any roast dinner; lamb, chicken or beef.

The beauty is that you can parboil them with the potatoes and roast them together with your potatoes or garlic carrots.

This means you do not need any separate pans or baking tins to cook them in, which saves on washing up.

honey roasted carrots and parsnips
Honey Roasted Parsnips

Parsnips have a lovely sweet and nutty taste which is delicious when combined with the savoury flavour of roast meat and a rich gravy.

Over in Ireland we often buy the parsnips together in a bag with carrots, as they commonly get sold together. 

This is handy as I always cook my baked carrots with garlic anyway with a roast dinner. Parsnips are commonly harvested in the cooler months, making them a popular winter vegetable. Hence you will often find them on a Christmas dinner plate. 

Sometimes I will bake the carrots together with the parsnips, depending on what else we have in the oven (the potatoes may get roasted in the same roasting dish as the meat for example).

roast carrots with parsnips
Carrots and parsnips ready to roast in the oven

The parsnip is a root vegetable and the parsnip root is the edible part. If you are trying to grow it yourself be aware that the sap is toxic.

So you have to take care when handling the leaves and stalks to prevent wild parsnip rash. But normally you will not come across these if you buy your parsnips in the store.

parsnip recipe


Cooking parsnips

When you are preparing parsnips, if they are thin, you do not really need to peel them. I would be tempted to just wash them off.

If they are thicker ones, then I peel them and keep them in lightly salted water until cooking. This stops them from discolouring.

Parsnips float in water so you may want to weigh them down with a smaller pan lid to keep them underwater (the peeled potatoes will sink in the water).

roast parsnips

Then cut them to size just before you parboil them. The large ones I normally cut into 4 pieces lengthways.

Using this recipe, parboiling and roasting, will give you some satisfyingly crispy roast parsnips.

Crisp on the outside and soft and sweet within. Delicious!

The honey in this recipe just adds a nice sweet glaze and enhances the sweetness making them a wonderful accompaniment to a savoury dish such as a delicious roast chicken dinner.

sunday roast chicken
Roast chicken dinner

I hope you enjoy this easy recipe. If you do try it, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make honey roasted parsnips 

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Honey Roasted Parsnips

Honey Roasted Parsnips

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Beautifully crispy honey roasted parsnips are one of the best vegetables on a roasted dinner plate - parboil and roast with the potatoes to save on the washing up


  • (Determine amounts by what you need)
  • 1 large Parsnip, peeled and chopped accordingly
  • 1/2 tbsp Plain flour
  • 1/2 tbsp runny honey
  • 1/2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • (amounts are approximated to give an indication of calories below)


  1. Once the parsnips have been peeled, chop them lengthways if they are too big and shorten them if need be. Put them into a saucepan of salted boiling water and parboil them for 5 minutes.
  2. Then drain them in a sieve and let them air-dry themselves.
  3. Do not let them lie out after peeling without putting them in water, or they will discolour.
  4. Then cover the parsnips in honey and seasoned flour and make sure they are fully coated.
  5. Then place them in a roasting tin with some butter and the oil and roast them in the oven at 180C for about 40 minutes. Turn once and baste half way through. (You can also put them in with your potatoes if you are roasting potatoes and you have space in the dish).


As a side dish with whatever you want.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 179mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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Oven Roasted Long Stem Broccoli
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Sheila smith

Tuesday 12th of December 2023

Searching for an easy parsnip recipe and came across yours! Looked the best result so will be cooking for Christmas!


Wednesday 20th of December 2023

I hope it works out OK! Enjoy! Have a great Xmas!

John Loy

Sunday 2nd of April 2023

Hi Gav, Came across your site a few days ago. Had roast chicken reared here in Co. Down today accompanied with your carrots and garlic, and honey glazed parsnips. Also Rooster roast spuds and your gravy. Was a real success. Might try the Maris Pipers next time. Thanks for sharing your recipes. Much appreciated. 👌


Sunday 2nd of April 2023

Hi John, really glad you are enjoying my recipes! Try the authentic chicken curry or the Hungarian Meatballs. They are some of my favourites!


Thursday 24th of December 2020

HI! Gav, Just found your site searching for parsnips and there you was. Love parsnips & yours look the best (fingers crossed). Makes a change to find recipes made so easy. Have a good one & stay safe. Terry the old one.


Thursday 24th of December 2020

We love them too! Hope they work out for you Terry. Have a good one yourself! We are having them tomorrow again with our roast!


Thursday 19th of November 2020

Do you apply the honey first then the flour?


Thursday 19th of November 2020

That's the best way. You can dip them in honey or use a brush to baste them.

Janet Smith

Saturday 7th of September 2019

Delicious,best parsnips ever.


Sunday 8th of September 2019

Thanks, Janet for your comment!

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